Study visit: Fashion and textiles museum
Join Open College of the Arts tutor Pere Bruach on the 10 June in London.
We will begin our day at the Fashion and Textiles Museum. We will visit The World of Anna Sui. Anna Sui is the classic American fashion designer. From Detroit to New York, her signature rock-n-roll romanticism reinvents pop culture for every new generation. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Sui has shaped not only the garments, textiles, accessories, beauty and interiors which comprise her design universe, but also the course of fashion history. The World of Anna Sui features over 100 looks from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of archetypes from Surfers and School Girls to Hippies, Mods and Punks. This is the first time an American designer has been the focus of a retrospective exhibition in the UK.
After lunch we will go to the White Cube Gallery to see Larry Bell Smoke on the Bottom
This exhibition brings together works from Bell’s extensive career, from early paintings and works on paper to recent collages, centring on the large-scale installation 6 x 6 An Improvisation (1989-2014), Bell’s largest standing wall work to date.
Commenting on the series of freestanding wall works as a whole, Bell has said:
“In some cases, it’s highly reflective where the glass parts come together; in others it is highly reflective where the glass touches the floor, and so on. And I like the idea of being able to just combine these things so they’d stand up, since the parts were all the same size. They balance in the weight of their own vertical thrust, and are anchored to the floor with glue, and equally bound together by glue. So they hold each other up, and I could change it any way I want. So there was a lot of versatility. That gives a certain kind of symmetry to the relationship of the reflective coatings to each other. I’m trying to say that symmetry comes from the relationship of the distance between the parts being half the width of the part.”
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Image: CS 9.12.16B, 2016, Aluminium and silicon monoxide on black Stonehenge paper mounted on canvas, 60 x 40 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm) 62 3/8 x 42 5/16 x 3 15/16 in. (158.5 x 107.5 x 10 cm) (framed) Photo: White Cube (Ben Westoby)